Office Depot shares climbed +9% Wednesday, after the company reported better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings.
The office supply retailing company reported adjusted earnings of 9 cents a share, exceeding analysts' expectations of 8 cents.
Revenue for the quarter came in at $2.67 billion, higher than $2.58 billion of the year-ago quarter. However, comparable same-store sales (for stores open at least a year) fell -5%. On the other hand, revenue from the firm’s services business surged +34%, with the growth largely driven by the divisional output of CompuCom (the IT firm that Office Depot acquired in 2017).
For the full-year 2018, Office Depot sales of $11 billion were +8% higher than 2017’s $10.24 billion. Net income of $99 million, however, was lower compared to the preceding year’s $146 million.
For the full year 2019, the company expects to generate sales of about $11.1 billion.